Kelly Bradley is the WilmarExplorer Lead Supervisor and thefather ofWilmarFirefighterPat Bradley who was profiled in lastJuly’s newsletter. Kelly was born in San Franciscobutgrew up in Petalumaand graduated fromSt.VincentHigh School.His first experience in firefighting came withCALFireon Lohrman Lane where he was employed forfive seasons untilhe was hired by theTiburonfire departmentin 1986.He married his wifeTeresain 1991 and theymoved to RohnertPark where he andTeresaraised their twosons,Patand Matt. Pat,born in 1992 is a graduateofTechnology High School,and Matt aged seventeenis a senior atRancho Cotati High and considering applying tothePeterson Tractorschool where he could getanAAand be
certifiedin diesel engines. Teresahas been employed by theIRS since 1987.
Kelly was promotedto thepositionofCaptainin theTiburonFire Departmentin 2002 and in 2005 was made a Battalion Chief. He says that he loves the mixed responsibilities that go along with the Battalion Chief position and it has the right mix of line and administrative duties.
He has also served in the Wilmar Explorer position for the last three years and has continued providing the superior training and leadership previously provided by Doug Cole. In addition, Kelly for the last ten years has been a member of the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue team as a “confined space specialist”. If you are ever stuck in a well or a collapsed structure he would quite possibly be the one called to help you get out. He finds time to spend some twelve to sixteen hours a month participating in this activity.
On a personal note, Kelly and his family enjoy camping, skiing, riding motorcycles and ATV’s. Tahoe and the campgrounds in the Tahoe area have long been among their favorite escapes. The Bradley’s also have for several years been hosting a 4th of July party at their home with jumpy jumps and water slides. Fortunately, they live in a cul de sac and have plenty of space available for a large group of guests.
Kelly brings a ton of experience to Wilmar to go along with his enthusiasm and leadership abilities. We are fortunate to have him guiding our young firemen of the future.